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December's Birthstones

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December's Birthstones

Zircon Many people do not even know that there is an exceptionally brilliant natural gemstone called zircon. Zircons name alone is often confused with the laboratory-grown imitation diamond known as cubic zirconia. To make matters worse for many years the colorless variety of zircon was itself popular as an imitation diamond because of its natural brilliance. The sky blue variety of zircon has modest recognition as a December birthstone but also occurs in green, dark red, yellow, and orange, brown, colorless and in rare instances a bright blue. Zircons range of colors, its limited availability and reasonable cost make it...

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Topaz or Citrine - November Birthstones

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TOPAZ It was the Egyptians who believed that the golden glow of the sun god gave topaz its golden glow. Topaz was said to dispel enchantments and drive away sadness as well as improve intellect and give courage to its owner. The Greeks thought the wearer of Topaz was invisible in times of emergency. The history of topaz is shrouded in confusion. Ancient societies had not yet discovered scientific methods and would categorize gems according to their appearance. Any yellow gem would commonly be called a topaz. The name topaz itself has two possible sources; it could be derived from...

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Opulent Opal - October's Birthstone

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Opulent Opal - October's Birthstone

  A beautiful opal is one of a kind: a natural artwork with a unique pattern of rainbow flashes of color unlike any other. It's as individual as your personality. You may prefer an opal that serenely glows with pinpoint flashes of the blues and greens of the sea and sky. Or you may fall in love with a gem that flashes broad patterns of red and yellow, with all the bright festivity of carnival in Rio. And with its rainbow appeal, opal complements everything in your wardrobe. Opal is fascinating to watch, as the color plays and shifts in...

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Tourmaline - October's Alternate Birthstone

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Tourmaline - October's Alternate Birthstone

HISTORY OF TOURMALINE Known only in the Mediterranean region for much of history, it was not until the early 18th century that the Dutch brought Tourmaline to Western and Central Europe. Tourmaline gets its name from the Sinhalese word “turamali” for mixed. The Dutch choose an apt name, for no other gem, not even corundum, occurs in the variety of shades or combination of shades of color that tourmalines do. Tourmalines are found in such a wide range of colors (see above) they are often mistaken for other gems whose color they are mimicking. THE COLORS OF TOURMALINE Fine pure...

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September's Sapphire

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September's Sapphire

SEPTEMBER'S BIRTHSTONE IS SAPPHIRE AND IT'S STUNNING. WEST AND COMPANY DIAMONDS HAS A LARGE SELECTION OF SAPPHIRE JEWELRY AT EVERY PRICE POINT.   September’s Sapphire  When you think of sapphire, you typically think of blue, right? Well Sapphire, as with many gems, actually comes in many different colors! Sapphire can be white, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, pink, purple, gray, black and even multicolored. Red sapphires are actually commonly known as rubies. The rarest of these fancy sapphires are the Padparadscha Sapphire. A pinkish-orange stone whose name means “lotus flower”. Check out this multi-colored sapphire pendant.   Sapphires are extremely...

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